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The Loss of Power — Part 2
1/5/2017

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

We’re looking at a devotional series titled, The Loss of Power. In Part 1 of this devotion we looked at how having the Holy Spirit within us is different than the Holy Spirit coming “upon” us (See Acts 1:8). When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we are given God’s power through the Holy Spirit to do various tasks, but this power can be lost, relegating us as ineffective. We began to look at seven ways this can happen – the first two ways we looked at were;

1. The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in our lives when we as believers go back on our separation to Him.

2. The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in our lives when we as believers participate in sin.

Let’s take a look at the next two ways to lose the power of the Holy Spirit—

3. The power of the Holy Spirit is lost in the believer’s life through self-Indulgence.

If we want to have the power of God, we must practice self-denial—the ability to say “No” to our fleshly desires. The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit don’t go hand in hand. If we’re going to lead a spirit-filled life, we cannot have our minds consumed with the acquisition of material desires, and the building of a material kingdom that will only burn away one day. It is natural to have these fleshly desires but we must always take every thought captive and be committed to submitting to God’s will for every situation. We can see this being spoken of in the Book of Galatians.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Galatians 5:17 (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul knew this very well, and I believe this is the very reason he said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection.” (1 Corinthians 9:27)

4. The power of the Holy Spirit is lost within the believer’s life through the greed for money.

One need only look to the example of Judas Iscariot. The love of money filled his heart and consumed it. This was a man who walked with, and had broken bread with the Savior of the world. But Judas sold his salvation for 30 pieces of silver—a temptation that could have been conquered with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Money isn’t evil, but the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). And one of the greatest evils the love of money brings about is the loss of the power of the Holy Spirit within the life of the believer. Many men once possessed spiritual power until a love for money took over their hearts' desire. They may have acquired it dishonestly, or perhaps they acquired it honestly; either way it became their first love, and it soon eclipsed their love for God. It can be the same for poor people who covet wealth; the end result for both is a loss of spiritual power.

I want to encourage you to think and pray about these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: List the four ways to lose the power of the Holy Spirit listed in this devotional.

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you experiencing any of these in your walk as a Christian?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Keep from allowing Satan to render you powerless. Continue to guard yourself from losing this incredible power to live in victory.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, search my heart for any area where I need to confess and submit to You. Restore Your power of Your Spirit within my life today so I may live victoriously and glorify Your Son. Forgive me of my sins Lord, and allow me to see these sins for what they really are. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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